W.A.S.P. – Dying For The World (2002)
W.A.S.P.’s DYING FOR THE WORLD has been one of those albums that I always look at when I’m shopping for CDs but I usually put back in the rack. W.A.S.P. has been a favorite of mine since the very beginning in 1984, a couple of my favorite records is the s/t debut in ’84 and 1985’s THE LAST COMMAND. Unfortunately, recent albums have soured me on the band and the main man, Blackie Lawless.
I was impressed with STILL NOT BLACK ENOUGH (1995) that really should have been a Blackie solo record. I was on board for the darker KILL, FUCK, DIE (1997) and the excellent live album DOUBLE LIVE ASSASSINS (1998) but it was the “return to the classic W.A.S.P. sound” on HELLDORADO (1999) that started my declining interest in the band. HELLDORADO was bad. It was full of late ’80s Metal clichés and patterns that made it seem like a bad rip-off of the first three records. After HELLDORADO, I kept an eye on Lawless and company, I even saw them in concert, but I approached new material with apprehension.
I have every W.A.S.P. album up to this one but for some reason I never pull the trigger. The price is usually right, somewhere around $7.99 – $9.99 used, and it’s readily available in the stores, on Ebay, and online stores. One of the other reasons I usually pass is that I mix this album up with 2001’s UNHOLY TERROR. I own that CD but, for some strange reason, I always think I own DYING and need UNHOLY. I’ve added this to my ever-growing list of CDs I need/want, maybe I will pick it up soon.